But the recent round of roster turnover saw the Browns add two defensive backs. Sadly, neither of them was Adam Jones. It can be argued that the two additions were camp bodies. That is, they were brought on fill out the third team in team sessions. Even so, adding Jones to that group would still add his attitude to the defensive back room.
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Some would say that the Browns should pass on Jones given his on the field demeanor and off the field issues. His on the field demeanor is exactly why the Browns should sign him. Duke Johnson has even come out in support of signing Jones for this very reason.
The off-field concerns are real. But this is the NFL. Every team has people with questionable character. The best teams know how to integrate players who have questionable off the field issues into their culture. Adding Jones would be the Browns finally doing what winning NFL teams do – adding players who make the team better while managing the off the field concerns.
Can you build a team around players with off the field concerns? Absolutely not. Can a piece of the puzzle be a guy who has concerns? Absolutely. Pac Man Jones is a fringe piece of the puzzle who brings a significant contribution.